John joined MUFG Bank, Benteler Trading International, Falcon Group and Taulia to discuss “Mitigating balance sheet pressure”

With the addition of the ‘triple threat’ of sky-high inflation, rising financing costs and increasingly constricted liquidity, the financial pressures and risks related to holding large inventories on-balance-sheet continue to build.

Inventory management has become the latest working capital lever to pull in order to mitigate balance sheet impact.

The panellists considered the evolving value proposition offered by inventory solutions, from the need of buyers facing challenges in sourcing critical goods and inputs to ensure they can meet end demand, to the growing focus on working capital in a hardening financial climate, and the economic benefits of inventory optimisation related to minimising the cash conversion cycle in an inflationary environment.